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Light, Refreshing Treats for Summer PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 23:58

Summer brings to mind all-American activities like fireworks, picnics, baseball and BBQs - and the light, refreshing treats that go hand-in-hand with these treasured past times.

Fortunately, creating delicious desserts to please your family and friends during this summer of celebrations doesn't mean you have to be chained to your oven. Quality boxed mixes and prepared crusts paired with ingredients such as fruit make it surprisingly easy for bakers of all skill levels to take desserts beyond the box.

To achieve delicious summery desserts that save on time while creating a made-from-scratch taste, remember these tips:

* When using cake mixes, look for a moisture-rich option in a flavor well-suited for pairing, such as yellow, lemon or French Vanilla.

* Use cold eggs and cold water for best results in hot weather.

*Blend ingredients just slightly longer than recommended for an extra airy, fluffy texture.

* Use quality bakeware to ensure even distribution of heat.

* Select complementary seasonal ingredients that add a tangy pop, such as fresh or canned fruit filling.

These simple and simply delicious recipes feature storebought base ingredients for desserts that are perfect for picnics, BBQs and other summery celebrations this season. Here are two great summer recipes that take an easy and different spin on blueberries, for creative, delicious results. For more surprisingly easy and delicious summertime recipes, visit www. duncanhines.com.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:10